2017 Aragon WorldSBK Official Test Times: Sykes Fastest The Day After

The day after the first European round for the WorldSBK series, the riders were back in the saddle, for the first in-season official test of the year. Monday at Aragon carried on much as Saturday and Sunday had finished, with three of the four podium scorers setting the fastest times of the test.

There was no much separating the two Kawasakis, Tom Sykes ending on top just ahead of Jonathan Rea, two hundredths separating their pair. Race 2 winner Chaz Davies set the third fastest time, just over a tenth off the pace of Rea. Davies' Ducati teammate Marco Melandri was less fortunate, suffering a big crash at Turn 9 early in the day and being sidelined with a neck sprain and bruising. 

Michael van der Mark set the fourth quickest time, though he was seven tenths behind the Kawasakis. Eugene Laverty was fifth fastest on the Milwaukee Aprilia, improving his time by three tenths over the weekend, but over nine tenths off the pace of Sykes. Alex Lowes was sixth quickest, but the Pata Yamaha rider also crashed late in the afternoon, bringing his test to an early afternoon. 

Stefan Bradl was seventh quickest on the Red Bull Honda, also improving his fastest lap from the weekend. The Red Bull Hondas had to make do without a new CBR1000RR engine, an updated version due later this month.


Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 66 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1:49.368    
2 1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1:49.388 0.020 0.020
3 7 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R 1:49.536 0.168 0.148
4 60 Michael Van Der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 1:50.074 0.706 0.538
5 50 Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:50.306 0.938 0.232
6 22 Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 1:50.438 1.070 0.132
7 6 Stefan Bradl Honda CBR1000RR 1:50.685 1.317 0.247
8 81 Jordi Torres BMW S 1000 RR 1:50.708 1.340 0.023
9 69 Nicky Hayden Honda CBR1000RR 1:50.837 1.469 0.129
10 12 Xavi Forés Ducati Panigale R 1:50.884 1.516 0.047
11 33 Marco Melandri Ducati Panigale R 1:50.886 1.518 0.002
12 36 Leandro Mercado Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:50.978 1.610 0.092
13 2 Leon Camier MV Agusta 1000 F4 1:51.047 1.679 0.069
14 40 Román Ramos Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1:51.267 1.899 0.220
15 88 Randy Krummenacher Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1:51.403 2.035 0.136
16 21 Markus Reiterberger BMW S 1000 RR 1:51.596 2.228 0.193
17 15 Alex De Angelis Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1:52.317 2.949 0.721
18 86 Ayrton Badovini Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1:52.748 3.380 0.431
19 11 Jeremy Guarnoni Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1:53.475 4.107 0.727


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I just went back and looked at the Cycle World article talking about the bike, and what I thought was the removal of 10 pounds and the addition of Ohlin suspension, actually resulted in 68% of the parts being changed from the previous model. Since this is a mostly a new bike I could see how it might take some time to dial in the chassis, but I can't see the benefit of those extra horses.  Sigh.  Can't they just give Nicky an RCV213-S?  

@andrewinlondon I doubt he regrets it.  (Though I'm surprised he's back after he peppered a couple of books with disingenuous comments about how he was ready to move on.)  The Blade's lack of short circuit chops never really translated to real roads, especially the IOM.

I have the opposite take on Guy - don't think he has ever said anything even a smidge disingenuous. His focusing style and dominant cognitive function is geared towards immediacy over potential/varied contexts. But this is a gift to someone hunting - inventing a fast IOM lap.

I love Guy (has there ever been a more likeable guy?) and have been as vocal as anyone re disappointment w Honda on this turd. Oddly though, we may see a surprise re a TT performance with the bike. Rideability is key there, and this bike may yet offer some?

Cheers mate

@Motoshrink Can't disagree with you about his style and cognitive function. I was just surprised (read: happy) to see him back after he said, several times and in several ways, that he was over bike racing. I hope he does great this season and gets what he needs to out of it.